Can Children With Traumatic Brain Injuries Recover?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of death and disability in children. Bicycle accidents, falls, motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries and other forms of trauma send 62,000 children to the emergency room every year.
Like most injuries, complications resulting from a TBI can vary. Curious parents might wonder what effects a TBI can have on their child and whether or not he or she will recover.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, most people assume that brain injuries in children are very similar to brain injuries in adults. Unfortunately, that assumption is incorrect, as the brain of a child is still developing.
The long-term symptoms of a brain injury might not be apparent until a child gets older and further along in school. Children with TBIs might have difficulty processing information and may show impaired judgement. Difficulties developing socially appropriate behaviors might also be present.
What Should Parents Expect If Their Child Has a TBI?
Some TBIs will be severe, and recovery will not be a short-term prospect. Children with severe brain injuries will require help adapting to social and educational settings. For example, individualized education programs (IEPs) can help school administrators, educators and parents meet the educational needs of children with brain injuries.
Allowing extra test time, assigning note takers to a child and access to special education can help children with brain injuries succeed in school.
After a brain injury is suspected, children should receive regular follow-ups with their primary care physician to monitor for further complications. Competent doctors and other healthcare professionals will be able to guide parents in the right direction for recovery.
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Did You Know? According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the most common cause of brain injury for children.